The amount of CADMIUM that is considered toxic (and illegal in Denmark!) in newly manufactured items intended for use by children today, is anything 75 ppm Cadmium or more. Here’s a table from a recent (2015) study about toxicants found in vintage plastic toys. If you click on the table it will take you to a post with a link to the full study.75 ppm Cadmium is illegal in Denmark.” width=”513″ height=”281″>
When tested with an XRF instrument this little doll had the following readings (tests done for a minimum of 60 seconds each, metals not detected in consumer goods mode are not listed).
Yellow Plastic Hair:
- Cadmium (Cd): 1,136 +/- 17 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): 8 +/- 4 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 1,475 +/- 84 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 119 +/- 8 ppm
- Vanadium (V): 526 +/- 142 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 1,664 +/- 217 ppm
Pink Plastic Face:
- Cadmium (Cd): 479 +/- 13 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): 27 +/- 5 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 659 +/- 90 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 13 +/- 5 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 1,847 +/- 237 ppm
Red Plastic Body/Dress:
- Cadmium (Cd): 59 +/- 12 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 20 +/- 8 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 457 +/- 290 ppm
These vintage Fisher Price Little People are more of a concern than some of the larger pieces (like houses and buses) because they can be easily popped in the mouth of a child during the course of normal play, and the hair is often high in Cadmium or Lead and the faces are often painted with Lead paint, which can easily be ingested by a child. It just takes a microscopic amount of Lead to poison a child. You can read more about that here.
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